News ID: 316508
Published: 0217 GMT September 21, 2021

Afghanistan under neo-Taliban rule

Afghanistan under neo-Taliban rule
A Taliban soldier walks on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 17, 2021.

Here are the latest developments in Afghanistan following the second takeover of the country by the Taliban militant group on August 15:

Pakistan says no rush to recognize Taliban gov’t


Pakistan’s foreign minister said Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers should understand that if they want recognition and assistance in rebuilding the war-battered country “they have to be more sensitive and more receptive to international opinion and norms”.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that countries are watching to see how things evolve in Afghanistan before considering recognition. He said, “I don’t think anyone is in a rush to recognize at this stage,” AP reported.

The Pakistani minister said his country’s objective is peace and stability in Afghanistan and to achieve that “we would suggest to Afghans that they should have an inclusive government.”


India seizes $2.7b heroin haul originating from Afghanistan


Indian officials said on Tuesday they had seized nearly three tons of heroin originating from Afghanistan worth an estimated 200 billion rupees ($2.72 billion) amid the chaos following last month's takeover of the country by the Taliban.

Afghanistan is the world's biggest illicit opiate supplier, but since taking power, the Taliban have said they plan to ban the drug trade, without giving details on how, according to Reuters.

Two people had been arrested in connection with the haul and investigations were ongoing, an official in Gujarat said, declining to be named as he was not authorized to speak publicly.


Taliban appoint director of Atomic Energy Department


Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers announced several senior appointments on Tuesday, including the director of the Atomic Energy Department.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Najibullah has been appointed as the director of Afghanistan’s Atomic Energy Department, Independent reported.

The group also has named two veteran battlefield commanders from the group’s southern heartlands as deputies in important ministries. Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir will be deputy defense minister, while Sadr Ibrahim was named deputy minister for the interior.


UK data breach puts Afghan interpreters at risk


The email addresses of hundreds of Afghan interpreters who worked with British forces, including some who are hiding from the Taliban in the war-torn country, have been shared in a data breach by the British Defence Ministry.

The United Kingdom’s government has launched an investigation into the breach, which saw more than 250 people copied into an email by the UK Defence Ministry pledging assistance with their relocation to the UK, making their details visible to all recipients, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

One interpreter contacted by the ministry told the BBC the mistake “could cost the life of interpreters, especially for those who are still in Afghanistan”.


Girls to return to secondary schools ‘as soon as possible’: Taliban


Girls will have to wait longer to return to secondary school in Afghanistan, according to Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, as concerns grow over the fate of women’s education under the new government.

Mujahid said on Tuesday that the group was “finalizing things” and that secondary school girls will return to the classroom “as soon as possible”, Al Jazeera reported.

On Saturday, the Education Ministry issued a statement saying, “All male teachers and students should attend their educational institutions,” but made no mention of girls or women.




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